What is FL Studio?
FL Studio is the leading beat making software. It has been around since 1998 (when it went by the name Fruity Loops) and has gone through a redesign almost every year since then. It has gained in popularity not only because it was one of the first computer based music production programs but also because of it’s ease of use via the step-sequencer interface. To create a beat you simply click your drum patterns and melodies into the step-sequencer. I know it may sound complicated, but really it’s as easy as clicking on your screen where you want the sound to go.
What’s so great about FL Studio?
(1) Midi Capability
This simply means you can hook up your midi compatible electric keyboard and “play” on your keyboard and the notes will appear in the step-sequencer as if you clicked on them.
(2) Import Own Samples
You can import your own samples into FL Studio simply by pre-loading them into FL’s soundbank and select them for use in a channel.
(3) VST Support
Another powerful feature is that you can load your own VST’s into the mixer channel. This allows you to add things like compression, eq’ing and any other VST module to any channel. This is a must use feature for anyone wanting to manipulate their sounds.
What do we hate about FL Studio?
Our biggest critique of FL Studio has been it’s sound engine. It takes a considerable amount of VST knowledge and mixing to get your beats to sound “professional”. For instance, if you use FL Studio, especially with the bank sounds, it is damn near impossible to get the drums to sound like an actual drum machine. Another flaw is the sample editor -which is just counterintuitive to use. It is probably best to chop up your samples in another wav editing program before loading it into FL Studio.
How much does FL Studio cost?
FL Studio used to cost over $400, but they have recently reduced the price to $97.00 to stay competitive. If you need midi capability, we would highly recommend FL Studio, which you can get right over here at the discount rate.
If the price is out of your range, we strongly recommend you try out Sonic Producer.